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Thunder: What’s up Chuck? Not his weight

by Jenni Carlson Published: June 3, 2012
You’ve probably heard that Charles Barkley has decided to lose some weight.

The TNT analyst has taken it so far that he’s a spokesman for Weight Watchers.

During my tour with Sir Charles on Friday — you can read about it here — I had a chance to chat with him about all sorts of subjects. (We talked about so much that I’ll be blogging about them throughout this entire week.) But I had to ask him about his weight loss. As someone who lost 50-plus pounds a few years ago, I know what he’s going through.

How’s the Weight Watchers going for you?

It’s going well.

I did the program a couple years ago and lost over 50 pounds, so I know it works.

Oh, very good. It’s one of the best decisions I made in my life.

Did you have a trigger moment when you decided to do it?

You know, I was just getting too big. I wasn’t healthy. I’d gained like a hundred pounds, and the last thing you want to be is a sick old person taking a bunch of medications and stuff like that. And I’m from Alabama. We’re the fattest state. We’re No. 1 in diabetes, stroke and hypertension. So, I’ve got to get my fat ass in shape. It’s that simple.

Are you hoping to be an example for people in Alabama?

I hope so. But it’s going perfect. A good decision for me.

Are you running, too?

I’m a little too big to run. I’m starting to, but you don’t want to run when you’re too big. You’re just going to hurt yourself. I’d probably like to lose another 10 or 15 pounds before.

Does being on the road make weight loss more challenging?

No, I think it makes it easier. (Weight Watchers) doesn’t do pre-packaged food. I think it’s better for me that way.

Any food pitfalls? Something that you always crave?

No, I don’t have pitfalls. It’s encouraged me to eat more fruits and vegetables. I didn’t eat any fruits or vegetables before this.


by Jenni Carlson
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Jenni Carlson, a sports columnist at The Oklahoman since 1999, came by her love of sports honestly. She grew up in a sports-loving family in Kansas. Her dad coached baseball and did color commentary on the radio for the high school football...
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